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Chicago Toy and Game Fair

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Play with toys and games from all around the world and meet their inventors, stage events, characters, Radio Disney, Top Trump Tournament, KenKen Tournament, Star Wars Breakfast, mascots and more. New in 2012, toy and game fashion show on Nov. 14.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $10, $5 kids, free kids under 3 and Scouts in uniform

Miss Carol Concert

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Miss Carol's cross-curricular music and movement instantly invite audiences to join in singing, dancing and rhythmic movement. She'll engage and entertain us with music from her six popular children's CDs.

When: 4 p.m.
Cost: $9, $6 members

Songs of Joy Concert

Des Plaines History Center | Des Plaines, Ill.

A concert of acoustic guitar, folk music, and storytelling set to song produced by Des Plaines' own Tim Vana. To order tickets, contact the Des Plaines History Center at 847-391-5399.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17; 3 p.m. Nov. 18
Cost: $15, $10 students

Christmas at the Mill

Graue Mill and Museum | Oak Brook, Ill.


Talented local artisans sell unique handmade gifts including art jewelry, hand-knitted and woven scarves and garments, ornaments, wood carvings, paintings, and glass. A visit from Santa, strolling carolers and Christmas trees decorated by local preschools add to the fun.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Native American 'Stories of Families'

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian | Evanston, Ill.

Dakota Sioux storyteller and visual artist Robert Wapahi of Chicago presents a program of traditional, historical, and true contemporary tales for all ages. For information, call (847) 475-1030 or email [email protected]

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Quest Fest Family Day

Quest Theatre Ensemble | Chicago, Ill.


Activities include bagels with Quest designers, puppet making for the whole family, make a shaker and join the drum circle.


When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $5 requested donation

Family concert: Chicago Q Ensemble

Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago | Downers Grove, Ill.



Free family concert featuring the Chicago Q Ensemble playing Joseph Haydn's String Trio in D Major, Marcos Balter's Vision Mantra, and Alexander Borodin's String Trio in G Minor. Following the performance, families are welcome to try out instruments at an Instrument Petting Zoo, and enjoy refreshments at a free open house.



When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Fourth Annual Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals Show

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont, Ill.

The world's largest specialty event devoted to classic muscle cars and Corvettes features more than 500 cars. Kids and parents can enter the Miniature Model Car Contest, participate in a scavenger hunt and attend the Rescue 1 Fire Safety program. Plus, an exhibit that feature bikes from Schwinn, Sears, Murray, Montgomery Wards and Raleigh with iconic "ape hanger" handlebars and banana seats. For more information, visit

When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18
Cost: $20, $15 online, free kids 12 and under

500 Clown Frankenstein

Viaduct Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Just as Victor Frankenstein created his monster from parts of many different people, this new iteration of "500 Clown Frankenstein" is constructed by a cast of rotating performers. Five clowns reconfigure into three different casts, each charged with the same task: "make monster."

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $15-$25

American Indian Music and Dance

Des Plaines Public Library | Des Plaines, Ill.


The Black Hawk Performance Company presents a cultural program that includes oral history, storytelling, dance, drumming and traditional as well as modern music. The performers will be dressed in authentic regalia. Registration requested.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Chicago Parent Playdate Spring 2016

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